14:30 LRN Newscast April 22, 2016

Job loss in the oil and gas industry continues to go up. LSU economist Loren Scott says the low gas prices we’ve seen since August of 2014 have really hammered the industry, and major companies are cutting their drilling budget.

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Gulf Island LLC based in Houma and Carbo Ceramics in New Iberia plan to lay off nearly 300 workers in June.

Today is the start of the Buckle Up in Your Truck campaign in Louisiana. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, John Leblanc says the goal of the campaign is voluntary compliance, but unfortunately they have seen an increase in truck drivers not buckling up for the past three years. He says wearing a seat belt is especially important in a pickup because those vehicles are taller than others.

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A new report by the National Center for Health Statistics shows the suicide rate is up 24-percent from 1999 to 2014 and experts say Louisiana is being affected too. Emelie Gunn has more…

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According to WWL radio in New Orleans, the former-Saints player who was shot and killed, Will Smith, may have actually fired the first shot. Cardell Hayes’ attorney has been saying that his client did not shoot Smith’s wife Raquel. There are allegations that Smith may have accidentally shot his wife, then someone hid Smith’s gun back in his car after the shooting.